A Spaniard in Oxfordshire: the archive of Arturo and Ilsa Barea

8 February 2018 6.00pm 8.00pm


Blackwell Hall, Weston Library (Map)


Professor Tom Buchanan, Dr Nigel Townson, Dr Eva Nieto, Uli Rushby-Smith.


Weston Library Information desk 01865 277094


This event celebrates the donation of the archive of Arturo and Ilsa Barea to the Bodleian Libraries.

Arturo Barea was an important Spanish writer and journalist. Known especially for his autobiographical work (La Forja de un Rebelde). He also made popular contributions to the BBC Latin American Service.

Exiled from Spain as a result of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), the Bareas settled in England from 1939. From 1947 the Bareas lived at Middle Lodge, Buscot Park, where the second Lord Faringdon provided them with a home. It is therefore particularly appropriate that the couple's archival legacy should return to Oxfordshire.

The occasion will begin with a drinks reception in the Weston Library's Blackwell Hall, with an opportunity to view a video installation by artist Sonia Boue, and to see a small display of items from the archive curated by Dr Eva Nieto. This will be followed by various speakers - Professor Tom Buchanan (The Impact of the Civil War on Britain), Dr Nigel Townson (Life as an Exile), Dr Eva Nieto (A Voice for the Americas: the BBC broadcasts of Arturo Barea), and the niece of the Bareas, Uli Rushby-Smith, will conclude with Arturo Barea: A Personal Recollection.

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Event sponsor: Instituto Cervantes


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